Newsletter | Sep/Oct 2015

Art Project at the 2015 Retreat, photo by Jean Nilsson

PROFILE: Darlene Jang, AIA, OWA, Barcelon Jang Architecture

by Carolyine Orazi

Darlene Jang, a long time member of OWA/DP, is a Berkeley Architecture graduate, and daughter of an architect. Her mother was from Shanghai, her father from Guangdong, a combination which gave her an even richer cultural outlook, and an elegant sensibility. Next year Barcelon Jang Architects will wcelebrate 40 years as a firm.

Darlene and her partner Wayne Barcelon, won a competition (for the Triton Museum), and started a partnership in 1976. Originally specializing in museum and gallery design, their work has been characterized by elegance and high style. Their work has developed a specialization in academic and community facilities, supportive housing, and museum and gallery architecture. The partners have designed such acclaimed and award-winning projects as the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, the San Francisco Tenderloin Community School and Child Development Center and the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA. (B+J brochure). Darlene is a powerful advocate for women and her practice mirror’s her commitment both to excellence and to women professionals. She is one of the original founders of OWADP and has put tremendous efforts into the support of women architects. She continues to be active in the architectural community being on both the California council of AIA and on the Board for the American Asian Architects and Engineers.

The past year has been a particularly special year for Darlene, she married her longtime boyfriend Bruce and her daughter gave birth to her first grandchild. True to her feelings toward women in architecture Darlene has hired several of our members and been a mentor to many others.


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